Probably the biggest challenge after being diagnosed with a fatty liver is giving up sweets. But I am here to tell you that you can still find satisfaction for your sweet tooth, even with NAFLD!
Since foods with lots of sugar and high in carbs are totally out of the question and desserts are… well… sweet, it looks like we have to give up cakes and candy and alike completely, right?
Fortunately, that’s not really the case! And I am here to prove it by sharing some healthy sweet snack ideas and desserts you can have even if you’ve been diagnosed with a fatty liver.
These might not be exactly the things you’re used to having, but you will get to love them just like I did. The food industry – especially the healthy food industry – has evolved a lot in the past few years, so we do have options.
From healthy sweets that you can prepare at home to still healthy treats that you can buy from a store, you have options. And we’ll talk about them below: healthy sweets and desserts you can eat after being diagnosed with a fatty liver.
A word of caution. Even though these foods are indeed healthy and have low or no sugar added, you shouldn’t have them on a daily basis. These foods are still high in carbs and you should stay away from carbs when dieting to reverse your fatty liver.
So if you have just been diagnosed, only have these as a treat every now and then. Put as many days in between servings as possible. If you’ve already improved your condition a lot, you can have these a bit more often, but don’t make it a daily habit either!
I actually recommend starting to consume these only after 1 month of heavy dieting and keeping sugar out of your system. The longer you can hold it, the better.
Eat fruits and fruit salads in the meantime to keep your sugar cravings low, and only then you will be ready to truly appreciate the taste of the recommended desserts and sweet snacks below.
Because, yes, after one month of not eating anything sugary, things you wouldn’t normally consider sweet will seem sweet, while the things you used to eat will surprise you at how nauseatingly sweet they are. (I know this from my own experience).
With these in mind, let’s not waste a single second and let’s check out some sweet goodies that you can have after being diagnosed with NAFLD.
Make sure to always follow the notes I have for each of these recipes in order to make sure that you keep them as liver-friendly as possible!
Chocolate Fudge Pie
My notes: Make sure you use the crust recommended here in order to keep carbs at a minimum. A delightful experience indeed and one of the few chocolate-filled sweets you can still have. With moderation!
Oatmeal Peach Parfait
My notes: You should use fresh peaches instead of the sauteed ones in order to keep the carbs and fats low. For the overnight Maple Bran Oats, use just 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey.
You can also try this with various other fruits – strawberries, blueberries and any sort of berry you can think of (see the image at the end of the article). Apples might work for the extra crunch.
My notes: Instead of the sugar, use 1 tablespoon of raw honey or a sugar substitute like Stevia. Or just don’t add any sugar, the bananas are sweet enough anyway!
Health Warrior Chia Bars
These are not things that you prepare yourself, but you can buy them in all sorts of flavors on Amazon. I always said that I absolutely love them and I still do: gluten free, tasty, healthy and delicious!
You can get yours here (affiliate link). There are tons of different flavors available, so you will surely find something to love. I personally prefer the chocolate peanut butter one and the tropical varieties.
Grain Free Blondies
My notes: Add just half of the almond butter in order to keep things healthier. Also, you can definitely use regular eggs instead of the flax eggs.
Rainbow Whole Fruit Popsicles
These are perfect for the hot days of summer and extremely refreshing. This has become the favorite dessert and ice cream replacement in our home. Healthy and delicious!
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
My notes: When preparing the filling, don’t use any sugar at all, or use just half of the light brown sugar to keep the carbs low (and no granulated sugar).
Date & Coconut balls
My notes: DO NOT add the coconut oil, you don’t need all that extra fat. Instead, add some low fat milk (make sure it has no sugar added!) and you’re ready to go.
You can boil the dates a little bit in milk or water if they’re not very soft – a few minutes should be enough.
Finally, I sometimes add a “Raffaello” touch and put in half of an almond or a peanut in the middle of the balls for a crunchy surprise.
Homemade Vegan Nutella
Image source: Pinterest
Now here’s a little amazing treat that you can prepare at home. Here are the ingredients that you will need:
– 7oz / 200 grams of firm & silken tofu
– 2 cups soft pitted dates
– 1 cup toasted and peeled hazelnuts
– 3 tbsp baking cocoa powder
– 1½ tsp vanilla essence
– a pinch of Maldon salt
– have some drinking water on hand too (or low fat milk)
Here are the cooking instructions:
1. Place the hazelnuts and salt in a food processor and run it until you have a buttery paste.
2. When the hazelnuts are buttery, add in all the ingredients (minus the water) and blend until you have a smooth paste. If you’re not happy with how creamy the final product is, add 1 tablespoon of water/milk (then one more and so on) until you get the desired creamy delight.
So these would be some dessert ideas that are healthier and you can have them if you’re suffering from a fatty liver.
My recommendation? One portion every two weeks of any of the sweet stuff above. If you really, really can’t help it, go for one every week. But the longer you can go without eating them, the better!
Another thing I must repeat: even though these are better options than most of the sweets you can buy in stores or prepare at home, they should not be consumed in large quantities or on a regular basis.
Consider them treats, so have them every now and then to mark special occasions or reward you for reaching various milestones.
Do you have other healthy sweets that you use to eat now? Let us know by commenting below!